2014-15

  • COCO FUSCO

    Coco Fusco (b. 1960, New York) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer and MIT’s MLK Visiting Scholar for 2014-2015. Her work combines electronic media and performance from staged multi-media performances incorporating large-scale projections and closed-circuit television, to live performances streamed to the internet that invite audiences to chart the course of action through chat interaction. Her most recent performance, Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist, revives the character from Planet of the Apes to offer a commentary on contemporary forms of aggression that is supplemented by multimedia illustration. (Knight Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts, 2014-15)

  • Yalil Guerra (b.1973, Havana) is the son of the famous Cuban vocal duo Rosell y Cary. His first musical studies were at the Escuela Nacional de Artes (ENA) in Havana, Cuba (1985-1991) with classical guitar professor and concert master Jorge Luis Zamora. At 16, Guerra won the International Competition & Festival of Classical Guitar in Krakow, Poland - becoming the youngest Cuban awarded a prize in an international competition. He started his career as a producer, composer, and arranger and has worked with artists such as Cristian Castro, Celia Cruz, Albita Rodríguez, Eddie Santiago, Rey Ruiz, Choco Orta and Yamila Guerra among others. Nowadays, he writes music for television networks, and continues to compose and produce albums. (CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in music composition, 2014-15) linkedin

  • Carmen Maria Machado (b. 1986, Allentown, PA) is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, AGNI, NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Richard Yates Short Story Prize in 2011, a Millay Colony for the Arts residency in 2014, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, and American Short Fiction Contest, among others. (CINTAS for Literature, 2014-15)

  • Rafael Soriano (b. 1920, Cidra): Soriano graduated in 1943 as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes San Alejandro. He returned to Matanzas and taught visual arts for close to two decades. He was one of the founders, and later Director, of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Matanzas. In 1962 he went into exile, settling in Miami with his family. He worked as a graphic designer and occasionally taught, first at the Catholic Welfare Bureau, and later at the Cuban Cultural Program of the University of Miami. Since his first exhibition in 1947 in Havana’s Lyceum and Lawn Tennis Club, his work has been represented in numerous individual exhibitions and close to two hundred collective shows. His paintings have traveled through the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, etc. Currently his work is included in numerous private and public collections Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida; Museo de Arte Zea, Medellin, Colombia; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Museum of Modern Art of Latin America (OAS), Washington, DC; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Galeria de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; PAMM, Miami, FL, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, and other important institutions and corporations. (Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Arts, 2014)

     

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